If you’re driving on public roads, it’s pretty damn important not to take your car past the limits of its handling, or the limits of your own driving ability. On a racetrack, 11/10s generally results in minor body or suspension damage, and maybe a bruised ego when the video of your ham-fisted driving gets posted to YouTube. On a road like southern California’s Mulholland Drive, poor lane discipline can have far more serious consequences. How would you feel if your inattentive driving caused a fatal accident? Do you have the money to cover a defense attorney, and another lawyer for the inevitable civil suit?
Sadly, playgrounds like Mulholland Drive and the Tail of the Dragon (in North Carolina) are falling under ever increasing police scrutiny. The police agencies say it’s to improve safety, but in actuality that mission is secondary to increasing revenue. Talk about low hanging fruit; if you were a cop in either area, the only concern you’d have was “did I bring enough ticket books with me”. If this video is an indication of a normal weekend on Mulholland, it’s a wonder why California has a budget crisis at all; just tack a $10 “state administrative fee” onto every ticket, and it would be problem solved.
If you live where the roads are twisty, think twice about exploring the limits of your car, bike or ability in traffic. There’s a time and a place to go full-hoon, and weekends on crowded scenic roads just aren’t it.